The Lightning Round

Writers/reporters Garrett Sisti & Jamie Hoyle give in-depth analysis on everything relating to San Diego Chargers Football.

Episodes

147: Chargers 2018 Draft Recap

At the top of the show listen to the live reaction of the Derwin James pick and the emotional roller coaster leading up to the Chargers selection. Garrett and Jamie talk about all seven selections made by the Chargers during the 2018 NFL Draft. They talk about the series of events that unfolded for Derwin James to fall and breakdown each player and their fit with the team heading into the season. Once they go through all the picks they discuss the team’s overall draft philosophy and what the plan is going forward. Once they wrap up the good and the bad from the draft, Garrett and Jamie give their overall grades for the Chargers draft.

146: Mock Draft Madness 2018

The NFL Draft is only a week and a half away so Garrett and Jamie play GM on FOUR mock drafts. They each do a mock draft guessing what they think the Chargers will do through all 7 rounds and then they each give their ideal picks for the 2018 draft. Not only that, the guys give you the 3 most overrated players in this draft and their Top 10 overall big board. Listen and prepare yourselves for the NFL draft starting next Thursday.

145: Updating Free Agency Moves & the 2018 QB Class

It is the very last positional breakdown on the Lightning Podcast Draft Podcasts and to wrap it all up they discuss the 2018 Quarterback prospects. They go over some of the top players in this class, list their personal Top 5, also give a sleeper and possible fits including what round they begin looking for these positions in the draft. To end the show, both guys agree on the one player that deserves the “Lightning Round Podcast Stamp of Approval” for the Chargers pick at #17. The Quarterbacks they cover on this show are:

Josh Rosen – UCLA

Sam Darnold – USC

Josh Allen – Wyoming

Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

Lamar Jackson – Louisville

Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma St.

Kyle Lauletta – Richmond 

144: 2018 Draft Show: Edge Defenders & Defensive Tackles

The guys cover Edge rushers and Defensive Lineman on this week’s draft show. They go over some of the top prospects, list their personal Top 5, also give some sleepers and possible fits for the Chargers including what round they begin looking for these positions in the draft. The Edge & Defensive Tackles they cover on this show are:

Bradley Chubb – N.C. State

Harold Landry – Boston College

Marcus Davenport – UTSA

Arden Key – LSU

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma

Shaquem Griffin – UCF 

Hercules Mata’afa – Washington St.

Vita Vea – Washington

Da’Ron Payne – Alabama

Maurice Hurst – Michigan

Harrison Phillips – Stanford

Taven Bryan – Florida

Tim Settle – Virginia Tech

143: Recapping the Chargers Moves in Free Agency & the 2018 OL Class

Today’s show is an extended version of the Lightning Round Podcast, it resembles a Director’s Cut of a movie but unfortunately not the good kind like “Blade Runner” it leans more toward the heavy-handed cut of “Apocalypse Now.” The Chargers made some moves in Free Agency so far and the guys cover all the extensions, tags, re-signings, new additions and a few departures. The guys also talk about the team visiting with Free Agent Center Mike Pouncey and how they’ve fared almost a week into Free Agency. They cover Offensive Tackles, Guards and Centers on this week’s draft show. They go over some of the top prospects, list their personal Top 5, also give some sleepers and possible fits for the Chargers including what round they begin looking for these positions in the draft. The Offensive Lineman they cover on this show are:

Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame

Orlando Brown – Oklahoma

Connor Williams – Texas

Chukwuma Okorafor – Western Michigan

Kolton Miller – UCLA

Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame

Will Hernandez – UTEP

Isaiah Wynn – Georgia

Billy Price – Ohio St.

James Daniels – Iowa

142: 2018 Draft Show: Linebackers

The guys start the show off with a few questions regarding the ramifications of Tre Boston signing with Drew Rosenhaus and also how candid Anthony Lynn has been with the media. They cover (primarily) off-ball Linebackers on this week’s draft show. They go over some of the top prospects, list their personal Top 5, also give some sleepers and possible fits for the Chargers including what round they begin looking for these positions in the draft. The Linebackers they cover on this show are:

Roquan Smith – Georgia

Tremaine Edmunds – Virginia Tech

Rashaan Evans – Alabama

Leighton Vander Esch – Boise St.

Malik Jefferson – Texas

Micah Kiser – Virginia

141: 2018 Draft Show: Running Backs & Tight Ends

At the beginning of this podcast the boys take a couple of questions regarding the most important rounds for Telesco to have a “great” draft, is this ’18 QB class being over-hyped and they dig a little deeper on how much film they watch. The guys cover running backs and tight ends on this week’s draft show. They go over some of the top prospects, list their personal Top 5, also give some sleepers and possible fits for the Chargers including what round they begin looking for these positions in the draft. The running backs and tight ends they cover on this show are:

Running Backs

Saquon Barkley – Penn St.

Derrius Guice – LSU

Ronald Jones – USC

Sony Michel – Georgia

Rashaad Penny – San Diego State

Nick Chubb – Georgia

Tight Ends

Mike Gesicki – Penn St.

Hayden Hurst – South Carolina

Dallas Goedert – South Dakota St.

Ian Thomas – Indiana

Dalton Schultz – Stanford

Mark Andrews – Oklahoma

140: 2018 Draft Show: Cornerbacks & Safeties

To start this podcast Garrett and Jamie talk about how these draft shows are going to roll out leading up to the draft and this show is all about the DBs. The guys cover Cornerbacks, Free Safeties and Strong Safeties. They go over some of the top prospects, list their personal Top 5, give sleepers and possible fits for the Chargers. The corners and safeties they cover on this show are:

Corners

Denzel Ward – Ohio St.

Joshua Jackson – Iowa

Mike Hughes – UCF

Donte Jackson – LSU

Jaire Alexander – Louisville

Isaiah Oliver – Colorado

Safeties

Derwin James – Florida St.

Ronnie Harrison – Alabama

DeShon Elliott – Texas

Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama

Justin Reid – Stanford

Armani Watts – Texas A&M

139: 2018 Draft Show: Wide Receivers

Today marks the beginning of the 2018 Lightning Round Podcast Draft Shows and it begins with an exciting new upgrade they’ve done this year in their analysis. After they give details on how they’re gonna layout these shows, Garrett and Jamie breakdown the “projected” Top 9 draft eligible Wide Receivers and how they have them all graded. Once they run through the list, the guys add two more “sleeper” picks each and then rank their Top 5 and even extend it out to their Top 10 Wide Receivers in this draft class. The “projected” Top 9 players they cover are:

Calvin Ridley – Alabama

Courtland Sutton – SMU

James Washington – Oklahoma St.

Auden Tate – Florida State

Christian Kirk – Texas A&M

Anthony Miller – Memphis

Deon Cain – Clemson

Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame

Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma St.

138: Top 5 Offensive & Defensive Free Agent Targets

The season hasn’t officially come to an end yet and the Lightning Round Podcast is ready to move onto Free Agency already. The guys break down their Top 5 lists of Offensive and Defensive Free Agents that they think are the best fits for the Chargers. After giving 10 names each in order, they then choose a few off their lists that they think are not only attainable but would look for the Chargers to possibly sign in Free Agency.